Lisa Marie Presley – Storm & Grace (2012)

Lisa Marie Presley (born February 1, 1968) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She is the daughter of musician-actor Elvis Presley and actress and business magnate Priscilla Presley, and is Elvis’ only child. Sole heir to her father’s estate, she has conducted a long career in the music business and has issued several albums and videos. Her work as a vocalist and lyricist has ranged across rock, country, blues, and folk.

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Storm & Grace is the third studio album from American singer/songwriter Lisa Marie Presley. It was released on May 15, 2012 in the United States and Canada. It is the singer’s first album in seven years, since the release of Now What. Storm & Grace is also her first album released as part of Universal Republic, after leaving her previous label, Capitol. The album was produced by T-Bone Burnett. The first single to be released from the album was “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet“.
The trouble with being the only child of the most iconic musician of the 20th century is people expect you to go into the family business, even if it isn’t your first choice, and Lisa Marie Presley waited until she was 35 years old before she released her debut album, 2003’s To Whom It May Concern, suggesting she might not have been born with a burning need to express herself as a musician. Presley‘s lyrics had plenty to say about her inarguably remarkable life experiences, but the title of her second album, 2005’s Now What, reflected a certain ambivalence about her career, as if being just another pop star no longer held much interest. Seven years after Now What, Presley has shifted gears with her third album, Storm & Grace; while her earlier work was polished, professional pop music with lots of sparkle but not so much personality, for this album Presley enlisted producer T-Bone Burnett, who helps conjure up a deeper, more organic sound that leans to swampy blues and country accents without moving too far from boilerplate roots music. Presley also embraced a more “American” sound while writing with a handful of British songwriters, including Richard Hawley and Ed Harcourt, and while that irony won’t be lost on anyone, her collaborators have done their work well, creating a richer and more mature musical palette for the singer. Presley‘s first two albums sounded like the work of someone who thought making a record might be a good idea, but Storm & Grace feels like music she genuinely wanted to make, and if Presley‘s deep, breathy vocal style still doesn’t boast much range, she sounds at once relaxed and fully engaged here, comfortable with her instrument in a way she wasn’t before. (And one can read what they want into the fact Presley‘s vague vocal resemblance to Burnett‘s former wife Sam Phillips is noticeably clearer on these sessions.) Presley may not have much to say beyond celebrating those who bring love into her life and damning those who make trouble for her, but the songs feel personal and heartfelt, and without asking us to feel sorry for someone with a remarkable birthright and a $100 million fortune, she does opens up a bit of her world to her listeners with admirable candor. On her first two albums, Lisa Marie Presley wanted to be a pop star with a difference; on Storm & Grace, she clearly would rather be an artist, and if she’s still working her musical shortcomings out of her system, this is a stronger, more mature, and more effective work than one might have expected. Nearly ten years into a recording career she may or may not have wanted, Presley is finally developing a musical personality that truly suits her.

Tracklist

1.  “Over Me”   (Ed Harcourt, Jimmy Hogarth)  – 3:54
2.  “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet”   (James Bryan McCollum, Sacha Skarbek)  – 3:46
3.  “Weary”   (Richard Hawley)  – 2:49
4.  “Close to the Edge”   (McCollum, Skarbek)  – 5:16
5.  “So Long”   (Luke Potashnick, Skarbek)  – 3:40
6.  “Un-Break”   (Potashnick, Skarbek)  – 4:06
7.  “Soften the Blows”   (Harcourt, Hogarth)  – 4:30
8.  “Storm of Nails”   (Harcourt, Hogarth)  – 4:27
9.  “How Do You Fly This Plane?”   (Hawley)  – 4:03
10.  “Forgiving”   (Steve Booker)  – 3:38
11.  “Storm & Grace”   (Hawley)  – 4:18

Deluxe Edition
12. “Heartless”   (Fran Healy)  – 3:50
13. “Sticks and Stones”   (Potashnick, Skarbek)  – 4:10
14. “I Was Wrong”   (Hawley)  – 2:49
15. “Just a Dream”   (Hawley)  – 3:05

All lyrics written by Lisa Marie Presley. All tracks produced by T-Bone Burnett.

Personnel

  • Paul Ackling – Guitar Technician
  • Frank Arigo – Product Manager
  • Jay Bellerose – Drums
  • Dougie Bruce – A&R
  • Sandy Brummels – Art Direction
  • T-Bone Burnett – Guitar, Producer
  • Mike Compton – Mandolin
  • Dennis Crouch – Bass
  • Zach Dawes – Bass
  • Kyle Ford – Second Engineer
  • Simon Fuller – A&R, Management
  • Keefus Green – Keyboards
  • Ed Harcourt – Background vocals
  • Larry Jenkins – Management
  • Lorna Leighton – Art Direction, Design
  • Greg Leisz – Pedal Steel
  • Michael Lockwood – Guitar
  • Greg Lotus – Photography
  • Gavin Lurssen – Mastering
  • Blake Mills – Guitar
  • Vanessa Parr – Engineer, Second Engineer
  • Lisa Marie Presley – Lead and background vocals
  • Ivy Skoff – Production Coordination
  • Jackson Smith – Guitar
  • Patrick Warren – Keyboards
  • Jason Wormer – Engineer, Mixing

Notes
Released: May 15, 2012
Recorded: 2010–12, London, England, UK, The Village Studios (Los Angeles, California, US)
Genre:  Roots rock
Length:  58:21 (Deluxe)

Label – Universal Republic XIX Recordings

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